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Feature Story

September 2017

Philadelphia Eagles Go Green

By Dave Ramont

When the Philadelphia Eagles unveiled Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie was serious about making their new stadium sustainable—spearheading the team's Go Green program. They started with simple recycling initiatives, which have now grown to encompass elements of green energy production, energy and water conservation, recycling and composting, and reforestation and sustainability partnerships.

The solar and wind power system at the field features more than 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines, and the field is considered to be "off the grid." One hundred percent of team operations are powered by the sun and wind. They recycle more than 850 tons of material each year, enough to fill 22 tractor trailers. They utilize "green" cleaning products. And they've planted 568 trees annually since 2007, offsetting 100 percent of all team travel.

A waste digester was installed at the NovaCare Complex, the team's practice facility, in September of 2016 to help decompose pre-consumer food waste. More than nine tons of food waste has been decomposed since the installation, keeping it out of the landfills.

And now, to keep up the organization's efforts and commitment to minimize their impact on the environment, the Eagles are joining forces with environmental partner Waste Masters Solutions to install a food waste digester and data analytics platform at Lincoln Financial Field. The aim of this system is to assist in efficiently disposing of food waste during the pre- and post-consumer periods. The eco-friendly mechanism can handle up to 330 pounds of waste every day.

Waste Masters Solutions worked with a green technology company, BioHiTech Global, on the design, construction and operation of the stadium's Eco-Safe Digester and analytics platform. BioHiTech Global specializes in innovating waste management technologies.

Steve Masterson, Waste Masters Solutions president and CEO, believes that actions speak louder than words. "Waste Masters is privileged and honored to partner with such world-class organizations that care so much about our environment," he said.

Philadelphia Eagles Senior Vice President of Operations Jason Miller is very confident that adding the new bio-digester to the stadium will help make their waste program more efficient and sustainable. "Waste Masters Solutions is a global leader in the environmental industry, providing exceptional care and high-quality service for all of our team's waste-handling needs. As an organization that takes our ecological efforts very seriously, we are constantly evaluating and fine-tuning our sustainability model so that we can continue to reduce our overall impact," he explained.

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